Chinese authorities in Zhejiang province have removed hundreds of crosses from atop Protestant and Catholic churches and believers expect the rooftop crosses to be removed from all houses of worship because the government sees the rapid growth of Christianity in the country as a threat.
"The authorities have attached great importance to this religious symbol," said Zheng Leguo, a pastor from the province who now lives in the U.S., in a CBS News report. "This means no more prominent manifestation of Christianity in the public square."
The province is now proposing an official ban on any further placement of crosses atop sanctuaries. But that has not stopped Zhejiang officials from toppling crosses from more than 400 churches since early 2014. The government has justified the action by claiming the crosses were a violation of the Communist regime's building codes. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jimmy King, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, accused the school said to be one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S. of not providing him and other black graduates with enough support in finding employment, and further asserted that he was once told, "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church."
King, who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006 with a master of theology in pastoral ministry and leadership degree, according to his church's website, revealed during The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit at the Orange County Convention Center last Wednesday that when he went to get help from the school's placement office in his final year they gave him the surprising news.
"In the last year, I went to the placement office, I said 'I'm ready to be placed.' They said, 'we've never placed a black graduate to a white church,'" King recalled before a panel of church leaders, including reconciled church founders Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Harry Jackson, and televangelist and pastor James Robison. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — As pockets of East and West Baltimore erupted in flames and riots Monday night over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died on April 19 after suffering serious injury while in police custody, a diverse coalition of Christian leaders from across the country gathered at First Baptist Orlando church Tuesday to discuss ways in which the church can intervene and prevent these eruptions before they even start.
On Tuesday night, ahead of The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit set for Wednesday at the Orange County Convention Center, Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Washington, D.C. was busy on stage at the student center building of First Baptist Orlando, convincing the group he had gathered to join him on his mission to get a reconciled church and stand in the gap for change.
They had dinner and watched a WBAL TV 11 report showing clergy marching against the violence in Baltimore and praying in the street, creating a barrier between police and angry agitators. more >>
Two years ago a United Church of Christ congregation in Wisconsin was left in tatters when after discussing the possibility of promoting itself as open and affirming to homosexuals many of its members walked away. The issue has left what remains of the membership so rife with strife, a church leader who spoke with The Christian Post begged to remain anonymous.
Despite the culture wars over issues like homosexuality and the constant barrage of messages in mainstream media declaring conservative values outmoded however, research shows more American Christians prefer traditional values and identify as conservative rather than liberal.
Many scholars agree, according to the 2014 General Social Survey, that most Baptist denominations, Pentecostal ones, and the Church of God in Christ are among a doctrinally conservative group while Protestant denominations such as Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian are more doctrinally moderate or liberal. more >>
Finding the right church can often be a time consuming and somewhat challenging experience but one devoted Christian says she has created a new, innovative way for believers to find what they're looking for quickly and easily.
Meta Washington, host of Kirk Franklin's Praise on Sirius XM Satellite Radio in New York City, launched her website letspraytogether.org in 2013 as "as a labor of love to help bring Christians together nationwide." Since then, a growing number of congregants and church leaders around the country have been using the free service to connect with other devotees and expand their congregations.
Users can find their ideal church by simply entering information such as city, state, denomination and even preferred congregation size into the website. Pastors can directly list their church on the site by submitting an online form and Washington recently sat down with The Christian Post to share the idea behind Lets Pray Together. more >>
Reinhard Bonnke, a longtime and once hardline global evangelist who clashed with Muslims in Africa to win millions of converts for Christ on the continent, is set to get a Lifetime Global Impact award at the Global Congress of Empowered21 in Jerusalem for his trailblazing ministry next month.
Bonnke will be honored alongside other veteran evangelists Morris Cerullo, Jack Hayford, Marilyn Hickey, David Manise, and Vinson Synan at the 2015 Global Congress to be held May 20-25. Empowered21 seeks to push a "Global Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world by focusing on crucial issues facing the movement and connecting generations for intergenerational blessing and impartation," according to the organization's website. This is the first time the organization will hand out lifetime awards.
All have served the Lord in various avenues and were chosen because they are "Spirit-empowered ministry leaders who have made a huge impact in the world. They have also shown a desire to invest in the next generation or implement a ministry succession plan," Jeremy Burton of Empowered21 told The Christian Post. more >>